Executive Director

Matt Hoggle became the Center’s Executive Director in June 2022. A proud lifelong learner, Matt has over fifteen years’ experience in non-profit art and craft education with more than twelve years in administration. A childhood interest in film and photography led to a BS from the University of Florida focusing on video and audio production. Then a post-college discovery of the joy of craftsmanship coincided with a new job at a community art school and reset the course of his career. The satisfaction achieved from his first properly cut dovetails and the personal enjoyment he has found working with wood enhance his personal and professional life. As a result, Matt has focused his career on exploring the creative process, the joy and personal development that come from learning craft, and how best to provide those opportunities to others.

Gallery Director and Marketing Liaison

Victoria Allport has been our Gallery and Marketing Manager since July 2011, when she returned to Maine after twenty years on the west coast. Her extensive background in marketing and fine art management includes working as Assistant Director at the Olga Dollar Gallery in San Francisco, CA and at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR. Most recently, she was President of Allport Editions for fifteen years.

Contact: Victoria.Allport@woodschool.org

Victoria Allport Gallery and Marketing Director
Victoria Allport

Student Services Director

Dorrie Butterfield Higbee joined the Center in May 2009. She and her family moved to Maine from Colorado in 2004 to build their home by the sea. Dorrie brings a flare for logistics coordinating and several years of business and personnel management experience to the organization. She holds a B.A. from St. Bonaventure University in New York.

Contact: Dorrie.ButterfieldHigbee@woodschool.org

Dorrie Butterfield Higbee
Dorrie Butterfield Higbee

Facilities Assistant

Glenn Byers is a furniture maker based in Camden, Maine. Prior to attending the 2022-2023 Nine-month program, he worked in a high-end millwork and cabinetry shop.

Contact: glenn.byers@woodschool.org

Development Manager

David Cosgrove returned to Maine after serving for four years as the Executive Director of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra in Western Pennsylvania, where he also earned a degree in Music and Business with a viola concentration. He was then hired as Director of Development and Marketing at the Portland Conservatory of Music, where he pursued a passion for supporting the work of Maine’s most accomplished classical and contemporary musicians. Following that passion for supporting incredible artists, and a hobbyist woodcarver himself, David joined the Center in March of 2023.

Contact: david.cosgrove@woodschool.org

Staff Fellow and Media Coordinator

Lin Elkins joined the Center in March of 2023. Since graduating with a degree in Industrial Furniture Design and a minor in Marketing from Appalachian State University, she has worked as the Media Coordinator for a variety of organizations and explored teaching, community engagement, and developing her own craft practice. When not on CFC’s campus, Lin can be found weaving on her floor loom, tying brooms, or tending to her many plants.

Contact: lin.elkins@woodschool.org

Lin Elkins
Lin Elkins

Facilities Assistant

Rob Hiza is a furniture maker based in Rockland, Maine. After taking our Furniture Intensive in 2012 he went on to attend North Bennet Street’s furniture making program before exploring the field through a variety of employers, personal work, and commissions. He returned to the Center in 2021 as a Furniture Intensive assistant before joining our staff as the Facilities Assistant.

Contact: Rob.Hiza@woodschool.org

Facilities Director and Program Manager

Mark Juliana left the world of high tech in 2007 to explore more meaningful work and graduated from our Nine-month Comprehensive in 2008. He returned to Ashland, OR, where he set up a workshop and began to teach locally. In 2011, Mark returned to the Center as a Fellow and, in August of that year, joined our staff, where he serves as an instructor, Facilities Director, and Digital Fabrication Supervisor. When not at the Center, you’ll likely find Mark fly fishing or kayaking (or more likely doing both).

Contact: Mark.Juliana@woodschool.org

Assistant Facilities Director

Matt McLaughlin is the Center’s Assistant Facilities Director. Following a career in the U.S. Air Force, where he specialized in aircraft mechanics, Matt excelled in our 2017-18 Nine-month Comprehensive and as a summer assistant before coming on staff.

Contact: Matt.McLaughlin@woodschool.org

Finance and HR Manager

Joanne O’Shea joined the Center in February 2021. She previously owned and operated an inn and restaurant on the St. George Peninsula for about a decade, and volunteered with non-profit organizations during that time. She holds a B.S in International Business and a B.A. in French from the University of Colorado.

Contact: Joanne.OShea@woodschool.org

Joanne O'Shea
Joanne O'Shea

Administrative Assistant and Housing Coordinator

Karen Vos joined the Center in March 2023.  She moved to mid-coast Maine after having lived in Puerto Rico and Philadelphia.  Karen has a background in office administration ranging from education to the arts.  When not working at the Center, she enjoys exploring the coast of Maine, cycling, and taking photos with any number of analog cameras.

Contact: karen.vos@woodschool.org

Founder

Peter Korn, Rockland, ME

Board of Directors

President
Mark Tresnowski, Chicago, IL

Vice President
Tom Maginnis, Pittsburgh, PA

Treasurer
Wayne Lawrence, Jupiter, FL

Secretary
Joan Welsh, Rockport, ME

 

Bill Farland, Austin, TX

Chris Lind, Evanston, IL

Jennifer Mirabile, Rockport, ME

Jake Moritz, San Francisco, CA

Robin Nolan, Waldoboro, ME

Katherine Pope, Falmouth, ME

Asher Rodriquez-Dunn, Rumford, RI

Larry van Meter, Greenwich, NJ

Meg Weston, Camden, ME

 

Presidents Emeriti
Bob Fippinger, New York, NY

Mark Horowitz, Seattle, WA

David Ingram, Natick, MA

Rick Kellogg, Houston, TX

Dick Whittington, Dallas, TX

 

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation.